If your child developed a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) after receiving an ActHIB vaccine, you may be entitled to up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for your child’s pain, medical expenses, disability, and more.
ActHIB® is a vaccine against Hib disease, which is an infection with the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae type b. The vaccine helps prevent meningitis, pneumonia, and bacteremia (blood infections), which are the most serious complications of Hib.
How is ActHIB Given?
ActiHIB is given as a 0.5-mL injection with a needle into the upper arm or the thigh muscle. The immunization schedule is a series of 4 shots, with 1 shot given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15-18 months.
Can ActHIB Cause SIRVA?
When ActHIB is injected in the upper arm, it can potentially cause Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). This occurs when the needle accidentally hits delicate tissues in the shoulder, resulting in a serious inflammatory immune reaction. It can cause permanent shoulder problems, such as pain or debilitating muscle weakness.
Shoulder Injury After ActHIB Vaccine
The symptoms of a shoulder injury after the ActHIB vaccine may include:
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Intense, stabbing pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Lack of flexibility
ActHib Contains Tetanus – May Pose Increased Risks
ActHib contains parts of the tetanus vaccine. The Prescribing Information (PDF) recommends carefully considering the risks and benefits of giving ActHIB to children who developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) or severe muscle weakness within 6 weeks of a previous tetanus vaccine.
SIRVA is a very rare side effect of ActHIB vaccines, but it does occur. You may be interested in filing an ActHIB lawsuit if your child was injured. Our lawyers can help you file a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and seek up to $250,000 in financial payment for vaccine injuries.
What is the VICP?
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created by Congress in the 1980s to provide payments to children who were injured by vaccine side effects, while protecting pharmaceutical companies from traditional lawsuits and class actions.
Over $70 Million Paid in SIRVA Lawsuits Since 2011
The VICP is funded by a $0.75 tax on the sale of every vaccine sold in America. Since 2011, around $70 million has been paid to over 500 people who developed SIRVA after receiving vaccines like ActHIB.
The average settlement per SIRVA lawsuit is around $140,000, but the maximum payout is $250,000 for pain, medical costs, and disability.